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Dickie Kennemore

Clif Chitwood visits a Nucor Steel port on the Mississippi River. He has led economic development in Mississippi County since 2001.
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Steel’s Accidental Sage Brings Jobs to Mississippi CountyLock Icon

The region's economic transformation wasn’t inevitable. Neither was Clif Chitwood’s career — and he'll be the first to tell you. read more >
Dickie Kennemore
Health Care / Manufacturing

Virus Claims Osceola’s Kennemore, Who Helped Land Big River Steel

Longtime Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore was 78 years old when he died late Saturday, but just a week before he fell ill with COVID-19 he was healthy and sturdy, State Sen. Dave Wallace of Leachville said Monday morning. read more >
An electric arc furnace at Big River Steel’s Flex Mill near Osceola. Since the mill opened, it has provided hundreds of jobs and a big boost to the local economy.
Business Services / Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Public Companies / Transportation

Big River, Big Gift: Osceola Steel Mill ‘Keeps On Giving’Lock Icon

Big River Steel, which sits on 1,300 acres not far from Osceola in Mississippi County, employs more than 500 workers at an average annual salary exceeding $75,000. read more >
Dickie Kennemore
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Ordinance Opens Osceola to Commercial Business

As it enjoys a boom in industrial jobs, thanks in large part to the steel industry, Osceola has passed a city ordinance designed to draw commercial business and improve the quality of life. read more >
John Correnti
Construction / Government & Politics / Manufacturing

John Correnti, Governor Break Ground on $1.3B Big River Steel Mill

Steel executive John Correnti, Gov. Mike Beebe and other state and local leaders marked the groundbreaking of the $1.3 billion Big River Steel project Monday in Osceola. read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Osceola Sets Meeting on Big River Steel Bonds

The Osceola City Council has scheduled a meeting to discuss issuing $1.5 billion of economic development bonds for the Big River Steel mill. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics / Legal

Osceola Sues Entergy Arkansas Over Electric Billing

Officials in Osceola are suing Entergy Arkansas over claims that the utility improperly billed the city $5 million. read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

AEDQ Clears Way for $1B Big River Steel Construction

A state environmental agency has lifted an order that blocked construction of a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas. read more >
Energy / Manufacturing / Transportation

Indigo Oil Terminal To Bring up to 200 Jobs to Osceola

Plans for a rail-to-barge oil terminal in northeastern Arkansas could bring as many as 200 permanent jobs to the Osceola area. read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Osceola Mayor Calls Big River Steel a ‘Godsend’

The impact of the news Tuesday that a $1 billion steel mill is coming to Osceola in Mississippi County can't be overstated. read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Big River Steel Announces $1.1B Mill for Osceola, Will Employ 525

Big River Steel LLC and Gov. Mike Beebe announce for the company to build a $1.1 billion steel mill in Osceola (Mississippi County) that will directly employ 525 people with annual average compensation of $75,000 a year. read more >